Current electrical technology, like EMT coupling connector, are designed for the traditional energy sources, which is why the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is working with the University of Hawaii‘s Hawaii Natural Energy Institute. This is in order to study Thailand’s electrical infrastructure; measuring and studying it in order to see if it can handle renewable energy and what changes would need to made, both, to the infrastructure and regulation.
The two groups have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). This MOU will apply for the next two years, which will handle education, training workshop as well as exchange programs, energy policy, legislations, energy market, and plans for power system control and reviewing Thailand’s current power infrastructure system, including studying tech like EMT coupling connector, and improving on them for renewable energy. Part of the contract will be studies and information sharing with energy experts on the different kinds of renewable energy; biomass, biofuel, solar and wind.
This isn’t the first time Thailand tried to integrate renewable energy, via a 300MW hybrid PPA scheme, which is designed to encourage the use of energy storage to help for renewable energy. Currently, Thailand has large-scale solar opportunities as part of a collaborative scheme, which started in order in response to the Southeast Asian region’s increased demand for renewable energy, with the countries in the region working on their regulations and policies for renewable energy.
EGAT’s Deputy Governor of Policy and Planning, PatanaSangsriroujana, says that under the Ministry of Energy, they are responsible for ensuring that the country’s electrical infrastructure is secure and reliable. He says that Thailand is now embracing renewable energy and is now attracting foreign investors, who are also embracing regarding renewable energy.
He says that it means that the EGAT would need to find a way to increase renewable energy into Thailand’s system. The collaboration with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, which has experience dealing with renewable energy, and is already known for having the skills and expertise in not only studying renewable energy but also integrating them to countries’ electrical infrastructures, will be big benefit for the country’s power development.